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Epic adds bots to Fortnite to help train noobs up

Fortnite's new AI bots act like normal players, help noobs train up for the real thing

By Anthony Garreffa on Sep 23, 2019 10:28 pm CDT - 0 mins, 55 secs reading time

Epic Games is introducting new AI bots into Fortnite and its online matchmaking, with Epic explaining the AI bots "will behave similarly to normal players and will help provide a better path for players to grow in skill".

Fortnite bots will not be in the competitive matches, but as you get better at the game the AI bots won't be spun into the matchmaking and you'll be playing against real people -- or so you'll think, I guess. Epic is wanting to go for the participation model of Fortnite, where "anyone can win" because you don't need kids screeching and throwing their Xbox controller at the TV when they inevitably lose in a Fortnite match.

Epic is also making some tweaks to the matchmaking process, where Fortnite players will be better matched with players in their skill level. The new v10.40 update will be rolled out into Fortnite in the next few days, including the new AI bots while the tweaked matchmaking system will roll out over the coming weeks so the developer can see how players react.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.


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